Archive for October, 2017

Agony as Scotland draw 2 – 2 in Slovenia

Posted in World Cup 2018 with tags , on October 10, 2017 by Tartan Army Soldier

Scotland came so close to going the World Cup finals. But, holding hosts Slovenia to a 2 – 2 draw when they needed a win, it wasn’t to be.

As with the previous match, against Slovakia, this was a nail-biter all the way to the end. Griffiths opened the scoring, receive deserved rapturous applause from fans. As well as a superb strike, this was the first goal Slovenia had conceded at home during the competition. Spirits were up! And Scotland ended the first half 1 – 0 ahead.

Unsurprisingly the Slovenians had plans to scupper Scotland’s plans. And Roman Bezjak was the fly in Scotland’s ointment. Equalising after 52 minutes, he then went on to score a second 20 minutes later. Disaster! Scotland had less than 20 minutes to save their place in Russia.

Scotland pulled the score back to 2 – 2 in the 88th minute. But it wasn’t enough. Scotland managed two more shots at goal, from Snodgrass and Phillips, but neither was successful. And that, unfortunately, was that…. A worthy effort, but Scotland fail to qualify.

 

Scotland defeat Slovakia to keep World Cup hopes alive

Posted in World Cup 2018 on October 7, 2017 by Tartan Army Soldier

Thursday was great night for Scottish football. Facing the none-too-shabby Slovakia, the Scotland squad knew they had to win to keep World Cup qualification hopes alive. And they managed it. Thanks to an 89th minute own goal by Slovakia’s Skrtel, the Tartan Army are one step closer to marching into Russia.

It was arguably what is becoming a typical Scotland match. The team deserved to be victorious. However, despite being the better team for the majority of the match, they found it difficult to put the ball in the opposition’s net.

Scotland didn’t let up. All through the match they pursued the goal they needed. Although frustrated by bad luck, they continued on. Efforts by Fletcher, Robertson, Forrest and the rest simply refused to find the net. Then, in the dying minutes, they scored!  Scotland go ahead 1 – 0.

The deadlock was broken by….Slovakia. Skrtel moved to block a pass from Anya, meant for Martin. Sadly, for the Slovak, he deflected the ball past his own keeper. It wasn’t how we expected to win, but it was a scoreline well deserved. And, more importantly, it provides a lifeline, giving Scotland a chance to qualify for the World Cup.